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Kevin O’Connor: “I wanted to see a lot more from our boys”

Head Coach unsatisfied despite victory

15 November 2017

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Kevin O’Connor stressed that Brentford B have more to offer despite victory over Reading. The Bees won 3-1 at Hogwood Park Training Complex thanks to goals from Lewis Macleod, Herson Alves and substitute Raphael Assibey-Mensah, but Kevin couldn’t hide his disappointment following the full-time whistle.  

“I thought we were slow, sluggish and never really got going,” Kevin told iFollow Brentford. “Yes, we won the game, but I wanted to see a lot more from our boys - we weren’t at our best today.”

Brentford B had to make do without a number of key players for the trip to Reading with Ellery Balcombe, Mads Bech Sørensen and Theo Archibald away on international duty, however Kevin was unwilling to blame the trio’s absence:

“We’ve dealt with missing players before and we’ve performed a lot better so I won’t use that as an excuse. It was a disappointing day in terms of our pressing and our tempo which is one of the key facets of our game.”

Kevin was impressed with Macleod’s performance; the Scotsman leading the comeback before being withdrawn on the hour-mark:

“Going forward you can see his quality on the ball. He scored a really good goal and he’s working his way back to fitness which is good to see – hopefully he can carry that on.”

Up next for Brentford B is a trip to Swansea City on Tuesday:

“They’re a Premier League of good quality,” said Kevin. “We’ll need to be better than we were today to give them a good game.” 

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